Posted on Nov 22, 2018

Merrimac Marine Insurance LLC

17 million people who took boating trips in 2016 were first-time boaters. Being a first-time boater can be fun, but can go wrong (and costly) when you aren’t aware of how to properly handle a boat. In 2016, there was 4,463 accidents that involved at least 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries and $49 million in property damages, according to the American Boating Association.

For insurance agents, it’s important to push for boating safety courses; it could make the difference between life and death in some cases, and the difference between claims and no claims in the majority of cases. To some boaters, it may seem like a waste of time, but it could make a huge difference for a recreational boater, particularly one with less boating experience. Not only will the courses benefit your clients’ safety, but they can also possibly lower insurance premiums for your clients and reduce the number of claims that your agency is required to pay out. As an insurance agent, know exactly what to offer your clients. Here’s how your clients could benefit from a boating safety course, courtesy of Insuramatch: